Will Cartoon for Food

March 20, 2009 | Filed Under Editorial Cartoons 

Will Cartoon for Food

Welcome to the new RobertAriail.com. It’s great to have you here. As soon as I get unpacked, we’ll be adding a career’s worth of cartoons to share with you.

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40 Responses to “Will Cartoon for Food”

  1. Snead on March 20th, 2009 7:39 am

    Glad to see you here and looking forward to the best work of your career. The State will sorely miss you.

  2. Bette Cox on March 20th, 2009 7:49 am

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Th….. you get the drift!

  3. Randy E on March 20th, 2009 8:13 am

    Good Luck Mr. Arial.

    I imagine you’ll have a more national bent on your work but please keep working in the older woman with curly hair and glasses. By the way, who is she?

  4. Randy E on March 20th, 2009 8:15 am

    OOPS, Mr. “Ariail” - I never noticed the 2nd “i” before.

  5. Reb Thomas on March 20th, 2009 9:17 am


    Congratulations on this new site. I love the look (you have to look at my blog to understand). If you ever want to put your spin on the knowledge-based economy (like AIG “knowledge workers” destroying our economy), I would honored to post it. I have always wanted a slightly revised version of your Bill Clinton in the attic with the “Its the Economy, Stupid” sign. The revision would simply make it “Its the Knowledge Economy, Stupid,” but it would have only worked while President Bush was still in office. President Obama already gets it.

    Best of luck with this new venture,
    Reb Thomas

  6. Patricia E Ramsey on March 20th, 2009 2:55 pm

    It has been a pleasure to read your cartoons. You get the point across so well and on target.

  7. Ralph Hightower on March 20th, 2009 7:40 pm


    I have enjoyed your cartoons for years in The State lampooning national, state, and local issues. You are an extremely talented editorial cartoonist, able to cut to the heart of an issue and make it funny.

    I wish you the best of success in finding a new gig.

    While state and local politics won’t get you published in the national newsprint as a syndicated cartoonist, I hope that you will occasionally draw South Carolina politics. After all our state is full of dysfunctional politicians, Sanford, and McConnell, and others.

    Please create a category for Mark Sanford since that category will probably be needed
    in the year 2010. As a nationally syndicated columnist, the WSJ crowd may discover your website. Your website will be needed for the next presidential run for those wanting Sanford as prez.

    You have six hundred, sixty-three different days to lampoon Governot Mark Sanford.

    Now, go get that Pulitzer!


  8. Matthew Harrison on March 21st, 2009 7:08 am

    Well… I’ve lost 1 of the 2 reasons I actually go to http://www.thestate.com! This site is now #2 on the list of ‘To be viewed in the morning’

  9. Thomas O'Neill on March 21st, 2009 10:53 am

    The State’s loss; the net’s gain. I’d guess the the net will be around longer than The State. Ditto on less reason to check out the paper. Before long, all the local news I need will be via Dunbar’s site. Maybe we’ll see The State paper listed on their site one day. haha

  10. Robert Germershausen on March 21st, 2009 6:39 pm

    Should have read the article first. Glad I found you. Good Luck!

  11. Sherry Baker on March 21st, 2009 8:33 pm

    :) My blog’s under construction as well — always! Great to know where to find you and your talent!

  12. Al Goodwyn on March 22nd, 2009 11:44 am

    Will feed you for cartoons.

  13. Dane on March 22nd, 2009 2:18 pm

    My thanks for you work in the State, and all the best. We’ll be keeping track.

  14. Bill K. on March 22nd, 2009 7:18 pm

    Robert, I will be checking in everyday and looking forward to your continued great work and thought provoking perspective. I temporarily left SC about 3 years ago, and you have been my connection home. You have been like a good and trusted friend keeping me up to speed about all the goings on. Rest assured, I will be looking for all of your work for years to come. Promise you won’t “Opus” out on us!

    Good luck in what I KNOW will be a great new chapter in your career!


  15. Mats Dahlgren on March 23rd, 2009 4:34 am

    Happy future, Rob,

    You give us a better knowledge of the state of the Union than any presidential speech! I don’t know if it helps feed you but you might be glad to know that you reach as far as Sweden :)

  16. Pat on March 23rd, 2009 10:04 pm

    I loved your cartoon in today’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. I hope to see more of you here. …Our gain! :)

  17. Marlowe Leverette on March 27th, 2009 7:23 am

    Inside the Box’s tribute to Robert Ariail - March 27, 2009. http://www.bunnyandravy.com

  18. George Cannon on March 28th, 2009 8:42 am

    Robert, thank you for all the GREAT cartoons over the years. You have a wonderful talent for lampooning our idiots whom we electe to be our “leaders”. I now have one less reason to read the poor excuse that we have for a local newspaper.
    Best wishes, maybe the Free Times can afford your cartoons.
    George cannon Lexington

  19. mike beckom on March 30th, 2009 3:25 pm

    as a fellow inkslinger, I know you’ve done stacks of toons that never made their way into the papers. Do you plan to ‘flesh’ any of those old gags/ideas out into a toon and post them here? You can stretch your legs and post stuff on-line that most editors wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. BTW, thanks for your helpful advice and encouragement all those years ago. I’ve done pretty well for myself since our first chat.

  20. Jimmy Chinnes on March 30th, 2009 7:18 pm

    Ariail, I’ve been a cubs fan all my life, a tried and true gamecock,and a lover of the State Paper. Bob turned me on to you many years ago.You’re like David Letterman you can get your point across,and then,wait a second,there another side to the story. It’s Bob’s b-day tomorrow,i miss him,and i miss seeing you every day.
    Being a Cubs and Gamecock fan, I guess I’m long suffering.
    You did a Harry Carrie cartoon years back,some how i’ve lost it.
    It want hurt to ask, if you find the time.Oh-what the hell, sign it and send it to me.
    If you every come thru the big city of Hemingway stop in, you can almost see Russia from here.
    Call Di. tomorrow.

  21. Robert Ariail on March 31st, 2009 7:26 am

    Thanks, Jimmy- and here’s a toast to Bob! I’m afraid it would be impossible to find that cartoon now, but maybe I could re-create it for you. Tell me what it was about.

  22. Ross on March 31st, 2009 9:12 am

    I am sorry to see that you are looking for work and I wish you much luck in future endeavors. I found your cartoons on Yahoo News and was gratified to finally see a moderate view point displayed there. I was profoundly saddened when your cartoons first stopped updating and then disappeared altogether. May you find happiness and success wherever you land. You’ve gained a new fan and I’ll be checking in often. Thank you for your wit, humor and insight.

  23. Jimmy Chinnes on April 2nd, 2009 8:14 pm

    It was Harry , after he died walking around saying “cubs win’ “cubs win” Lets play two.
    like Steve Spurrer walking by the gates when they were about to bury Lou.
    Your gift is a blessing, I for one will always be in your corner.
    Did you get a gold watch or free State papers for a week. Don,t worry those “at a boys” will go a long way…Don’t put down the quill.
    Be Seein’ u,

  24. Gervasio Umpiérrez on April 2nd, 2009 8:15 pm

    Robert: This way they say: ” when a door is closed, thousands open” dalo by I throw. Much luck only reduces desearte (and to which we are going to suffer this crisis from more force.) A great hug, of an admirer and colleague.

    Gervasio Umpiérrez and Babel Fish.

  25. Edward Allen on April 6th, 2009 11:50 am

    What species of primates are running The State these days? They’re obviously clueless. Sure, I can understand merging sections to cut back on newsprint, and low-level employees might have to be released. But letting YOU go is stupid beyond comprehension!!! I’ve been a fan for several decades, and I’ve always felt that your work was the ONE THING that elevated The State beyond local prominence. Your work has always been worthy of much bigger markets, and I’ve often wondered why you hadn’t moved up. Little did I suspect that the absentee-owners would ever consider you to be expendable. As far as I’m concerned, The State is a sorry shadow of what it once was. On the other hand, talent will always prevail, so I know you’ll do well. Best wishes to you!

  26. Jimmy Chinnes on April 7th, 2009 9:01 am

    No morning Ariail.I live in Williamsburg county.I’t like analog in a digital world.
    I miss your vision,and sometimes, Hitchcock twist.
    Use that quill, it’s your mission,

  27. Bart on April 10th, 2009 8:32 pm

    The truest form of political satire and criticism is through well drawn and intelligent artistry. You are one of the best.

  28. mark on April 15th, 2009 3:57 am

    I rarely comment on blogs but yours I had to stop and say Great Blog!!

  29. How to Get Six Pack Fast on April 15th, 2009 9:46 am

    I follow your posts for quite a long time and should tell that your articles always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

  30. Andy on April 15th, 2009 3:29 pm


    SC needs your perspective and wit now more than ever.



  31. Helen Charbonneau on April 20th, 2009 5:18 pm

    Well, there goes the only reason to buy The State newspaper….your cartoons!
    I once asked you, with your abundance of political cartooning talent, why you remained with The State….your reply was to ask me why you would ever imagine leaving when there existed such an abundance of material to inspire your cartoons.
    Thanks for going on-line. I was looking forward to the announcement of your being awarded the Pulitzer today…oh, well….next year, for sure!
    Good luck…keep up the good work.

  32. Chris on May 5th, 2009 7:20 am

    Happy Cartoonist day!


  33. Roger on May 15th, 2009 9:45 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the enjoyment you’ve given me over the years. I was always amazed that The State (and Columbia) had a such a talented editorial cartoonist. Now they don’t. Wishing you all the best.

  34. Magnolia on July 1st, 2009 7:58 am

    I agree with Edward Allen! I would add Brad Warthen to this list of shame for the State. We have actually considered having The WashingtonTimes delivered. Even a day late would be better than what we get here in SC.
    Thank Goodness for the world of blogs that allow us to find our own news.

  35. Bill Boozer on July 7th, 2009 12:08 pm

    Robert, you did a cartoon for my grandfather, suitable for framing, of the USC coaches cemetary, do you remember doing it? We have it as a family heirloom. You ARE the best, ever, no peer in the cartoon drawing arena. We will all miss your work in the State. Best wishes.


  36. David McGlothlin on September 6th, 2009 12:40 pm

    Robert - it has been many years since our days at USC. I remember you sketching in the back of classes, when you got on the Gamecock newspaper drawing and then The State hiring you and all of those years with them. And look at you now, on your own and better than ever. Shame to The State. They had a good thing and did not ever seem to be grateful for what they had. I know you are going to do well on your own. You did for a long time. You are an extremely talented and thoughtful person. Keep ‘em coming!!

  37. Robert Ariail on September 7th, 2009 8:24 am

    Thanks, David!

  38. Rene' Horton on October 9th, 2009 9:26 am

    I am so glad to see this website. As I began teaching my unit on satire (”Harrison Bergeron” and Animal Farm, I shared your cartoons with my students. Thank you for your insight, wit, and commentary on society. I miss seeing your cartoons on a daily basis, so I will now place you in my ‘favorites’ above The State.

  39. Susan Lampshire on December 15th, 2009 8:26 pm

    So Nick says it’s US culture infusion at year’s end.
    In the meantime, I’ll read on:)

  40. Jean and Doug Strickler on December 17th, 2009 11:25 am

    Robert - Congratulations on your latest award! Hope you and your family are well. We miss your work in The State. Honestly, it was the only reason to subscribe.

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